Our Staff

Our Treatment and Research Team

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Faculty

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP

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Dr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 575 articles and chapters and over 75 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

For more information, visit:Dr. Barlow’s CARD website

Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D.

Dr. Farchione is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He currently directs the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). While at CARD, he has achieved the prestigious title of Master Clinician, which is awarded only to those with years of clinical experience and superior supervisory skills. His research focuses on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione teaches, guest lectures, and conducts professional training workshops on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and has been recognized for his dedication to improving training of clinicians and dissemination of empirically supported treatments.

 

Heather Murray Latin, Ph.D.

Dr. Latin received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She completed her predoctoral internship training at Brown Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, focusing on cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders as well as substance use disorders. Dr. Latin is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University and collaborates on several of the federally funded research projects at CARD. Dr. Latin’s research interests include examining underlying mechanisms of distress tolerance in anxiety disorders and nicotine dependence, as well as the study of dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments.

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.

Shannon_resizedDr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University, focusing on cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Currently, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University; her work is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies.

Graduate Students

Jacqueline Bullis, M.A.

Jackie is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include transdiagnostic treatment development and the dissemination and implementation of empirically-supported treatments. She is also interested in the role of sleep disturbance as a transdiagnostic process across emotional disorders. Prior to graduate school, Jackie received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and worked as a clinical research assistant in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Kate Bentley, M. A.

Kate_resizedKate is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Broadly, her research interests lie in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment for emotional disorders. She is particularly interested in maladaptive processes characterized by emotion dysregulation common across these conditions, namely nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injurious behavior. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Kate received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College and worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hannah Boettcher, M. A.

Hannah_resizedHannah is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University. Her research interests include transdiagnostic vulnerabilities for emotional disorders, mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral interventions, and dissemination of empirically supported treatments. Hannah’s experience is focused in social anxiety, and she is also interested in the effects of mental health treatment on quality of life. As an undergraduate, Hannah was a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Brown University and worked as a mental health advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

 Amantia Ametaj, M. A.

Amantia is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include mechanisms of actions for emotional disorders, treatment resistant populations, health psychology, and the etiology of mental health disorders. Amantia graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and history and worked as research assistant in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab prior to beginning graduate school.

Clair Cassiello, M. A.

Clair_resizedClair is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include treatment of co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, treatment of impulsive behavior and violent behavior, and the dissemination of evidence based treatments. She is also interested in impulsivity as a transdiagnostic factor across psychopathologies. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Clair received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College and worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Depression Clinical and Research Program.

 

Julianne Wilner, B. A.

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Julianne is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include the development and implementation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety and mood disorders. She is also interested in the role of emotion-focused mechanisms in emotional disorders, particularly in co-morbid anxiety and borderline personality disorder. Julianne received her B.A. in psychology from Boston University and worked as a clinical research coordinator in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

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Previous Lab Members

James F. Boswell, Ph.D.

Dr. Boswell received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), with a primary focus on the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. Dr. Boswell’s research and scholarly interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, information processing in psychotherapy for emotional disorders, psychotherapy integration, and psychotherapy training.

Matthew Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gallagher completed his doctorate in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a predoctoral internship at the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. His research focuses on how positive thinking promotes well-being and provides resilience for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. In particular, he is interested in how positive thinking constructs (e.g. hope and optimism) function as mechanisms of change of empiricallysupported treatments for anxiety disorders. Matt is also very interested in how advances methods of longitudinal data analysis (e.g. SEM, latent growth curve modeling, multilevel modeling) can be used within the context of clinical psychology research.

Kristen Ellard, Ph.D.

portraitDr. Ellard is a recent graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy track. Her primary research interests are in characterizing neural mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy, exploring neural correlates of transdiagnostic versus disorder-specific cognitive and affective processing in the emotional disorders, and investigating the transdiagnostic treatment of bipolar and comorbid anxiety disorders.

Christopher P. Fairholme, Ph.D.

portraitDr. Fairholme is is a graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. He received a B.S. in psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University. Dr. Fairholme is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the nature and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, with a particular focus on understanding and treating diagnostic comorbidity. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying comorbidity, and Dr. Fairholme has conducted studies evaluating the role of emotion dysregulation and sleep disturbance in the pathogenesis and maintenance of emotional disorders.

 

Nina Wong Sarver, Ph.D.

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Dr. Wong Sarver was a postdoctoral research associate in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and completed her NIMH-sponsored T32 predoctoral internship in psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her broad academic and clinical research interests include: 1) the assessment and psychopathology of emotional disorders, and 2) the development and dissemination of theoretically-driven efficacious cognitive-behavioral treatments for children and adults with anxiety. Her ongoing research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance clinical practice, research, and dissemination. In August 2014, Dr. Wong Sarver joined the faculty at the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Laren Conklin, Ph.D.

Laren_resizedDr. Conklin received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University.  She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System with a research externship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  Dr. Conklin is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), where her emphasis is on the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders.  Dr. Conklin has a particular interest in identifying ways of refining empirically-supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.  Her recent research has focused on the identification of psychotherapy process variables that are related to higher client engagement and better treatment outcomes.

Johanna Thompson-Hollands, M. A.

Johanna is a recent graduate of the the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University and her Masters Degree in psychology from Boston University. Before joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Johanna worked at the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital, a residential treatment facility providing exposure and response prevention (ERP) to patients from across the country. After leaving the position at McLean, Johanna worked as a research coordinator in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Neurotherapeutics Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. There she worked on studies involving fMRI and PET imaging, as well as studies of deep-brain stimulation for the treatment of major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Johanna’s research interests include treatment development and outcome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and family interventions.

 

Jenna Carl, M. A.

Jenna_resizedJenna is a recent graduate of  the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research focuses on the role of positive emotion in anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy process and outcomes, and development of novel interventions for preventing or treating emotional disorders. Prior to graduate school, Jenna worked as a Research Assistant at BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) and as a Study Coordinator at UCSF for a longitudinal study of stress and coping in dementia caregivers. She also assisted with a longitudinal study on age and emotion in long-term married couples in UC Berkeley’s Psychophysiology laboratory. She received an M.A. in clinical psychology from BU and B.A. in history from Cornell University.

Meghan Fortune, B. S.

MeghanMeghan Fortune is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Previously she was Dr. David H. Barlow’s Research and Administrative Assistant. She received a B.S. in psychology from Northeastern University in May 2011. Her research interests include transdiagnostic constructs of psychopathology and evidence-based treatment development and dissemination. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Ujunwa Anakwenze, B.A.

Ujunwa_resizedUjunwa is a Research & Project Assistant at the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, MA where her work focuses primarily on addressing issues related to homelessness and mental illness. Prior to this, she was a Research Coordinator for the Transdiagnostic Treatment Study at CARD. She graduated from Harvard University in 2013 with a B.A. in Sociology and a secondary field in Psychology. Ujunwa worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the McNally Lab at Harvard where she contributed to an attention bias modification study for speech anxiety and a study that examined autobiographical memory and prospection deficits in complicated grief. She also assisted with a study at the Family Institute at Northwestern University aimed at the development of a couples therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Her research interests include trauma, community and global mental health, the development of programs for psychosocial support, and the impact of social support on treatment outcomes.

Katherine Kennedy, B. S.

KatherineKatherine Kennedy is graduate student at Fordham University Clinical Psychology PhD Program. Prior to this, she was the Research and Administrative Assistant to Dr. David H. Barlow. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Miami in May 2013. Her research interests include the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as  mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral interventions. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Katherine worked as an undergraduate research assistant at Dr. Joormann’s Mood and Anxiety Lab at the University of Miami where she contributed to a study that examined the relationship between cognitive control and interpretation biases with the effectiveness of cognitive reappraisal. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

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